Gold Price Continues To Rebound From 50-Day SMA Following FOMC

Gold price talking points

The price of gold continues to trade within the monthly range following the Federal Reserve interest rate decision, and current market trends may keep the precious metal afloat as the crowding behavior in the US Dollar persists in September.

Gold price continues to rebound from 50-day SMA following FOMC

The price of gold tagged the 50-Day SMA ($1935) for the second time this month as the update to the Fed’s Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) showed no change in the interest rate dot-plot, and it seems as though the central bank is in rush to alter the path for monetary policy as the longer run interest rate forecast remains unchanged from the June meeting.

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Source: FOMC

The reaction suggests market participants were anticipating a more dovish forward guidance as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)plans to “achieve inflation moderately above 2 percent for some time so that inflation averages 2 percent over time,” but little hints of a looming shift in the monetary policy outlook are likely to keep current market trends in place as the central bank remains on track to “increase its holdings of Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities at least at the current pace.”

Looking ahead, Chairman Jerome Powell and Co. may stick to the same script at the next interest rate decision on November 5 as “forecasts from FOMC participants for economic growth this year have been revised up,” but the wait-and-see approach may continue to coincide with the crowding behavior in the US dollar even though the Fed’s balance sheet climbs back above $7 trillion in August.

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The IG Client Sentiment report once again reflects a net-long US Dollar bias as retail traders are net-long USD/CHF, USD/CAD and USD/JPY, while the crowd is net-short GBP/USD, AUD/USD, EUR/USD and NZD/USD.

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